Monday, September 29, 2014

Color Progress

I barely was able to work on this at all last week. I manage to get some color in, but will see what sticks and what changes. Also the flat colors over the grey tones seems to be working for the most part, but I think I will still have to add some extra shadows/highlights in some areas like the water and mermaids tails to get the look I want.


Monday, September 22, 2014


Usually when I paint a picture I start with flat colors first. After I lay down the flats, I select a darker and lighter version of that color to show form by painting shadows and highlights. For example, if the flat color is Green I can pick Forest Green and Lime Green for the darker and lighter colors. 

This time I decided to try something new and do a Grayscale pass of the image first. I'm hoping for a few things by doing it this way. 

1. Painting the gray value first should show me if anything in the image is blending together value wise. 

2. Since the grayscale value has shadows and highlights already in it, I should only have to paint flat colors on top of a multiply layer. The shadows and highlights should show through and give form to the characters, plants, ect.


3. If I don't like a color I choose, it should be easier to change it since I only have to select the flat color and not multiple versions of it.

That is what I'm hoping for at least, but this is kind of a experiment for me so will see what happens.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Line Work

I was not able to get as far as I wanted to on the inking this week, but I did manage to get the line work in. I still need to go in and add line weight to the characters at least. Also may add more plants to cover more of the ground, but will see. Really aiming to have this done by the end of the month but the rest of the weeks are pretty packed. Here's hoping!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Inking Away

I'm still digitally inking the illustration. I had a little set back at the beginning of last week but I was able to make some progress this past weekend. I'm hoping to start coloring it by the end of the week. Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Background Progress 2

Over this great 3 day weekend I was able to bring in all the elements for the illustration. Some of the layers are turned off but you can see the inking I started to do on the background. Plenty to go, but its coming along.